Your muscles ache. Your body is sore. A therapeutic massage sounds fabulous right about now. When it's after hours, though, a little at-home wellness care can ease those aches and pains until your next appointment. Boost the benefits of a warm bath by adding Epsom salts to the tub.
Unlike common table salt, Epsom Salts are actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. For centuries, people have recognized the healing properties of both minerals and have incorporated Epsom salts into well-being routines. What makes these minerals so special?
Magnesium plays a significant role in the body's muscle control, toxin elimination, production of energy, and metabolization of calcium.
Many Americans, however, are magnesium deficient. Which, according to the National Academy of Sciences, may account for increased rates of stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, joint pain and arthritis. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is one way to overcome this deficiency.
Sulfate is just as important as magnesium to our bodies. It aids in the formation of brain and nerve tissue, pancreas efficiency, and healthy joints.
The combination of these two minerals is extremely powerful in helping the body eliminate toxins- especially in sore muscles. How? When muscle tissue relaxes (thanks to magnesium), built-up lactic acids and toxins are flushed out of the body (thanks sulfate) which helps reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. The increased circulation also allows for better flow of nutrients and oxygen to the tissue. Additionally, an increase in magnesium within the body helps reduce muscle cramping.
So, why use Epsom salts in the tub instead of in our food? It turns out that our body better absorbs Epsom salt than digests it.
Soaking in a warm bath for 10-15 minutes (2-3 times per week) with 1-2 cups of Epsom salts added has numerous health benefits:
eases back pain
relieves migraine headaches
soothes joint pain
reduces risk of blood clots
decreases the body's toxins
reduces risk of diabetes
eases muscle cramps
reduces muscles soreness
aids in relaxation
For maximum benefits, consider this a therapeutic bath. Soap may interfere with the body's absorption of the minerals, so it's best to bathe prior to, or separately, from using Epsom salts.
Want to add greater depth to your Epsom Salt bath? Increase benefits with pure essential oils. Adding a few drops of organic essential oils to a warm bath will maximize therapeutic results.
Sore muscles or joint pain? Try peppermint, lavender, rosemary, or eucalyptus.
Seeking relaxation? Lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, or patchouli are good choices.
Bronchial congestion? Eucalyptus, peppermint, frankincense, or myrrh will help you find relief.
Easing stress and nerves? Opt for lavender, lemongrass, patchouli, or sweet orange.
Looking for a high-quality epsom salt? We recommend Dr Teal's epsom salts, which include various combinations of these essential oils to help you get the most out of your baths.
Try an Epsom salt bath (as well as drinking plenty of water) after a deep tissue or sport massage to help flush cellular toxins released during your next massage.
*If you are pregnant, have a heart condition, or open wounds, consult a physician before adding an Epsom salt bath or essential oils to your well-being routine.